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Required for starting class

    • Go to Google Classroom and check out the assignments and due dates you'll see there. Your school Google account gets you in. The app will send notifications to your school email; you can set up forwarding to your phone. Google Classroom is not used for grades. For your grades, go to Synergy StudentVue.
    • Add the calendar on the right to your phone/Google calendars. (Click this icon below the calendar: .) The assignments posted there are on DUE DATES. (If it says "Read Chapter 1" on Tuesday, you need to have Chapter 1 read before Tuesday's class.)
    • Complete this form by the first Monday of class. (This is also the first assignment on Google Classroom.)

    Resources for starting class 
    • List of skills you need to do well in Poetry
    • Terms and definitions for Poetry
    • Rubrics for this class's standards
    • Synergy StudentVue and ParentVue (online grade book)
    • Sign in to Google Classroom using your Sherwood student account (same username and password as for your school Gmail).

    Cell phones and other wireless devices are rarely used in class. There may be some moments when we use them to learn, but they usually distract us from our work. Mr. Jones confiscates them if they are being used counterproductively. Your school-issued Chromebook is to be used exclusively for learning purposes.

    Projects:  We'll draft, revise, complete, and submit a writing project about once every two weeks. These are the projects in order through the trimester:

      • Poem #1: Introduction (Where I'm from or Where I'm going)
      • Poem #2: Any topic, any type of poetry
      • Poem #3: Any topic, any type of poetry
      • Poem #4: Any topic, any type of poetry
      • Poetic Movement research project (research to complete these three pages alone or in groups of 2 or 3). Here's the lecture PowerPoint (background you'll need to know before you start the project). And here are the notes from that slide show. If you miss class the day we start this, you'll need to choose a movement to research on your own.
      • Poet Research Project (individual research on the poet of your choice): 
        • NOTICE that you do not have to stand in front of class to present. Consider the full range of options in the handout. 
        • Sample poet presentation--notes for a speech that matches this assignment.
        • Sample PowerPoint--see how citations work. (This presentation may not match this assignment perfectly, but it does show good use of research citations.)
        • Poets you've selected (the boldfaced one is yours): 
      • Portfolio--a collection of your best poems (and some published poems you aspire to emulate).
      • LitMag submission--send in at least one of your poems to be considered for the SHS Literary Magazine (published in June).
      • Performance--your final: prepare & share a poem of your choice (one selection from your portfolio). NOTICE that you do not have to stand in front of class to present. Consider the full range of options in the handout.

      Note on grades:

      • 80% of credit for this class is based on standards, and much of that work is done in writing. When we're writing an essay, we won't know the final score until several days after turning in the final draft. But I want students and parents to know if a first, second, or final draft is completely missing, so I update Synergy with draft checks. A draft score of 5/6 (83%) indicates the student DID have the latest draft and has done everything right. If it were 100%, students and parents might feel bad about a good score (like 85% or even 95%) on the final draft.
        Steps in the Writing Process
        • First Draft: Hand-written is fine, as long as the whole poem is complete when you walk in on the due date. 
          • Get written feedback on your first draft and on a feedback sheetKeep this draft.
          • Consider the feedback as you make changes. 
        • Second Draft: Typed  and printed out before class starts on the due date.
          • Get written feedback from a peer or someone else on your second draft and on a feedback sheet. Keep this draft.
          • Get written feedback from your teacher.
          • Consider all this feedback as you make changes. 
        • Final Draft: When class starts on the due date, turn in all of the following in this order:
          • Submission sheet with your responses filled in.
          • Annotated final draft.
          • Evidence of your revision process: all previous marked-up drafts and Feedback Sheets.
            • Need to print comments off a Google Doc? Here's how.

        Daily Work
        • Daily assignments will not be listed online. You must be present in class to receive the full benefit of class. You can expect the following elements to happen most days:
          • Read a poem (2-5 min.)
          • Quick write (2-5 min.)
          • Share thoughts; discuss technique. (2-5 min.)
          • Mini-lesson (5-10 min.)
          • Workshop time (15-25 min.)
          • Reading time (10-15 min.--may start w/ book talk)
          • Closure: share a line you’ve read or written today. (5-10 min.)
        • Reading: Check out a book of short stories during your first week of class. If you enjoy the book, read the whole thing. If not, replace it. Read at least 5 pages of published poetry every school day. Bring your book to class every day; we'll have time to read in class most days. Your teacher will occasionally check in with you to see what you're reading and what page you're on. And you'll do at least one book talk in class.
        • If you miss class, you can keep from falling too far behind by
          • Reading 5 pages or more in your book for this class.
          • Writing: quick write (respond to what you read), draft a new piece, or develop and revise your current project.
          • Texting a classmate to find out what you missed in class.
          • Emailing your teacher if you're going to miss more than one day.

        Useful Resources:

        • Poems: a big folder full of poems we'll read this trimester (and even more we won't have time for)
        • Student Poems from the Past--great stuff! If you write like this, you'll rock!
        • Song challenge--mostly for fun
        • Conventions--guidelines for editing poems.
        • Poetry Out Loud--great source of high-quality published poems (and the only source for your class's POL contest).
        • Poetry 180--another great source of high-quality published poems.
        • English Handbook--outlines the way Mr. Jones teaches essay writing (and much more).

        Juniors only (spring trimester after seniors leave):



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